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Girl Happy Original recording remastered

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Shelley Fabares joined Elvis onscreen for this 1965 beach-party musical, the soundtrack for which shot to #8.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • ASIN: B002YQSYTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Girl Happy is a soundtrack that holds a lot of delightful background information apart from its overall pleasant listening experience.

The background information comes to us through the CD package booklet and lets us in incidents like the 36 takes of "Do Not Disturb" that had to be covered in order to have the final acceptable level. During a segment of that track's takes we hear the sound engineer say to Elvis that they already have a partial demo that is ok. Elvis, immediately responds that ok is not acceptable therefore more takes need to be reckoned with. On another incident, during the recording of "Spring Fever" we hear the sound engineer convey to Elvis that the specific song needs to come across with a happier, (no pun intended here due to the album title) feeling. The comment continues and the sound engineer says that maybe his mind is somewhere else.

Overall, the album presents a list of songs that are somewhat indifferent and even the most electrifying performance by Elvis does not attach any merit to them.

But do hold on, because there are some excellent pieces as well like the tender "Puppet On A String" the sensual "Do Not Disturb" the grooviest in terms of lyrics and music "Girl Happy" and the best of them all "Spring Fever".

A very large omission remains the cover of "Spring Fever" between Elvis and Shelley, with boy - girl respectively vocal backgrounds, which is the highlight of the film. Let's hope for a latter surfacing of this cover on a future CD project.

The song "Girl Happy" is further presented in its original slow tempo version which is equally if not more effective than the speeded track that appeared on the original album.

A must have for every collector.
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There are a number of commonly held misconceptions about Elvis Presley's film career: Elvis couldn't act, his movies were all throwaways, and the soundtracks were populated entirely with substandard material. But key films in the King's catalog show that he could indeed act, if called upon, there are several high-quality dramatic and musical films in Elvis' oeuvre, alongside many good lightweight romantic musical comedies, and his soundtracks are laced with hits and terrific albums sides. To measure the highpoints of Elvis' soundtrack catalog by virtue of the low points (of which there are admittedly many) is to miss out on a valuable dimension of Presley's musical career.

1965's Girl Happy was Elvis' seventeenth film, the second of three with the word "Girls" in the title, and the first of three featuring co-star Shelley Fabares. Though the beach party plot was nothing new, Elvis generated some sweet chemistry with Fabares, and seemed more interested in the soundtrack than he had on the previous Roustabout. The soundtrack was recorded in Hollywood with the usual mix of West Coast studio players (including guitarists Tiny Timbrell and Tommy Tedesco), Nashville transplants Floyd Cramer and Boots Randolph, and longtime Elvis associates Scotty Moore and the Jordanaires. The songs were penned by the usual crew of Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett, Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman, and the trio of Florence Kaye, Bernie Baum and Bill Giant. Unlike Elvis' previous outing nowever, the lightweight songs are quite surprisingly memorable.
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Every Spring without fail i pop this C.D. in when i am driving around.Great Tempo,Really Upbeat and Lively.on a Beautiful Day with the Sun Shining you can't help but feel good about yourself listening to this music.and the words to " Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce"....i laugh out loud every time i hear them.......Every Girl From 18 to 23....If Their Technique Isn't What It Should Be.....Gets Love Instructions For Free Fom Me through the courteousy of "The Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce........Too Funny.
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Another one of these films that I enjoyed in Junior High but realized later it was just a lot of fun fluff. But some good songs were in the film and are now on CD for us to listen to whenever we choose. "Puppet on a String" and "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce" are great standouts.
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By GEM on March 13, 2010
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It was fun music back in 1965 and it's still fun music today. That's all it was ever meant to be. The music promoted the movies. The movies promoted the music. Both Elvis and the "Colonel" became
very rich. I very much enjoyed this album back in the day and still do today. Glad they're finally getting around to releasing some of these soundtracks singlely with much improved sound.
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My wife is a huge fan and already had 2 other versions of this soundtrack on CD, one with bonus tracks that is really good. I've purchased several of remastered soundtracks in this series and they sounded great. There's no bonus tracks but the remastered sound is usually great and the CD's are cheap so I thought I'd get this one too. To be honest, I didn't really care for all the songs in this film much. It's definitely not one of Elvis' best soundtracks but I have to admit that after a few listens it's grown on me.

Overall, I think it's a good purchase for any serious Elvis fan and at this price you can't go wrong. The reason I didn't give it a higher rating is I find the remastered sound to be overly bright. while the instruments are clearer and cleaner sounding, the vocals are too bright, a bit shrill and lacking the warmth and bass end (and even lacking most of the reverb) that is noticeable on the previous CD. If you can find the CD with the bonus tracks and oversized case (also part of a series of Elvis film CD's released that way) for the same price then I'd recommend that one instead.

One last point I'd like to make is that several of the songs' studio tapes were sped up a bit for this soundtrack, making Elvis' voice sound a bit munchkin-y... this was a common technique used at the time and it sounds good for several other singers with lesser voices but does not do justice to Elvis' voice. In fact, I wish those songs were also presented as bonus tracks at the proper recording speed... my wife's CD has that and Elvis and the backing singers sound so much better, although the songs are slower and not quite as energetic. This is the only time this trick was tried for Elvis (just as the song Kissin' Cousins was the only time Elvis' voice was double tracked, another studio trick that sounds great for lesser voices).

Hope that helps.
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